The Dodgers conclude their interleague play in 2017 with a weekend series against the Tigers in Detroit. Here is a look at the probable starting pitchers and schedule for the three-game series at Comerica Park.
Friday, 4:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
In his last nine starts, Rich Hill has a 2.33 ERA in 54 innings, with 72 strikeouts against only 14 walks. Hill made six relief appearances at Comerica Park — once in 2011, five in 2013 — but in his only start in Detroit he pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four singles and no walks, with eight strikeouts on Apr. 26, 2016 with Oakland.
Jordan Zimmermann has had a season to forget, in the second year of a five-year, $110 million deal with Detroit. The right-hander has a 5.62 ERA and 5.46 FIP in 23 starts — among the 70 qualified pitchers in MLB, Zimmerman ranks 68th in ERA and 66th in FIP. Opposing batters are hitting .300/.352/.521 against him.
Saturday, 1:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, Fox Sports 1)
Hyun-Jin Ryu has a career 5.85 ERA in six starts in American League parks, including allowing seven runs in 2⅓ innings on July 18, 2014 against the Tigers, the last time the Dodgers made a trip to Detroit.
Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers, pitting the reigning Rookie of the Year winners from 2016 against one another with Corey Seager at shortstop for the Dodgers. Fulmer just returned from the disabled list after missing two weeks with right elbow inflammation, and in his last four starts has allowed 23 runs on 29 hits in 21⅔ innings.
Sunday, 10:10 a.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda has won his last five decisions, with a 1.95 ERA in six starts during that span, including 32 strikeouts and eight walks in 32⅓ innings. Sunday will be a lucrative start for Maeda, who will earn $1 million for making his 20th start of the season and, if he records 14 outs will make another $250,000 for reaching 110 innings on the season.
Justin Verlander has a 15-inning scoreless streak at Comerica Park, including no runs allowed in each of his last two home starts. He owns a 2.93 ERA in 12 home starts this season, compared to 5.24 on the road.